TENNERTON – McKenzie Reynolds came off the bench and scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Bucs to a 46-36 victory over the Weir Red Raiders Thursday night at the Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School gymnasium.
“Reynolds was really the big difference and the key to the game for us,” stated Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Rob Kittle. “She ran the floor and got a lot of easy shots.”
It wasn’t the prettiest win Kittle and his team have recorded as the Lady Bucs came out sluggish playing uninspired ball and need an 11-0 run in the fourth quarter to put away the Red Raiders.
“I was very disappointed with our effort,” remarked Kittle. “We had the big win at Lincoln the previous Saturday then we came out flat and sluggish. We were reaching then we got into foul trouble early. We just never go into flow the first half. That said, I am very proud of the heart and effort they showed in the fourth quarter. We made the plays when we needed them, and the defense was much better and did a better job of communicating with one another.”
They Lady Bucs were down by a 5-2 score three minutes into the game until Reynolds gave them that spark off the bench with three straight baskets giving the Lady Bucs an 8-5 advantage.
Weir answered by closing the quarter on a 6-0 run taking an 11-8 lead into the second quarter.
Weir went on a 5-1 run to start the second quarter taking their biggest lead of the game, at seven, at 16-9.
Kassidy Wilfong and Kenney Samargo dropped in baskets for the Lady Bucs to make it a 16-13 contest with 2:29 remaining in the half.
Down 17-14 with a minute remaining, Reynolds scored on a lay-up and a jumper in the paint to give Buckhannon-Upshur an 18-17 lead at the break.
The Lady Bucs managed just one basket, a short jumper by Kendall Currence, in the first five minutes of the third quarter falling behind by a 23-20 score.
B-U’s defense stepped up and held Weir scoreless the final three minutes of the stanza as Brooklyn Maxwell dropped in two free throws and Reynolds ended the quarter with a pair of lay-ups to put the Lady Bucs back head by three, at 26-23, going into the final eight minutes of play.
Weir outscored B-U by an 8-4 margin over the first three minutes of the fourth quarter for a 31-30 lead.
A lay-up by Maxwell gave the lead back to B-U but Sophia Mikula answered with a baseline jumper for Weir making it a 33-32 contest with 3:54 remaining.
The Lady Bucs countered with an 11-0 run to finally pull away from the Red Raiders.
Shelby McDaniels knocked down two free throws, Wilfong and Maxwell made lay-ups, McDaniels scored two more at the line and Maxwell turned in an old-fashioned three-pointer after being fouled on her lay-up.
That gave the Lady Bucs a 43-33 lead with 1:17 remaining and they held on for their 10-point in the final minute of play.
“We really finished off the game being really unselfish, making that extra pass and doing the little things right that we should have been doing the entire game,” noted Kittle. “It was a tough night for us, but the team found a way to win.”
The Lady Bucs shot 41.4 percent from the floor making 17 of their 41 attempts.
Following Reynolds in the scoring column for the Lady Bucs were McDaniels with eight and Maxwell with seven.
Weir was led by Bella Aperfine who scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Weir dropped to 3-7 with the loss.
The Lady Bucs improved to 4-2 on the season and will return to action tonight as they host North Marion at 7:30 p.m.
North Marion will enter the game unbeaten with a 6-0 record.
“North Marion is going to press us the entire game,” concluded Kittle. “We are going to have to take care of the basketball and continue to do the little things right.”
Weir 11 6 6 13 – 36
Buckhannon-Upshur 8 10 8 20 – 46
Sophia Mikula 3-12 3-4 9; Olivia Bernola 1-2 0-2 2; Reagan Hoover 1-3 0-0 2; Bella Aperfine 4-12 2-4 10; Sophia Aperfine 0-6 0-0 0; Leah Maley 3-8 3-3 9; Taylor Nutter 1-5 2-2 4. Totals 13-48 10-15 36.
Shelby McDaniels 1-2 6-7 8; McKenzie Reynolds 8-12 0-2 16; Kendal Currence 1-3 0-0 2; Kennedy Samargo 1-2 0-1 2; Lexi Kelley 1-3 2-4 4; Brooklyn Maxwell 2-14 3-3 7; Kiara Woods 1-2 0-0 2; Kassidy Wilfong 2-3 1-3 5; Leah Moore 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-41 12-20 46.
Three-point field goals – Weir: Mikula 0-4. Totals 0-4; Buckhannon-Upshur: Maxwell 0-2; McDaniels 0-1. Totals 0-3.
Rebounds – Weir: Maley 8; Mikula 7; B. Aperfine 7; Nutter 6; team 5; Hoover 4; S. Aperfine 2; deadball 1. Totals 40; Buckhannon-Upshur: Reynolds 6; team 6; Maxell 3; Currence 3; Woods 3; deadball 3; Samargo 3; McDaniels 2; Wilfong 2; Kelley 1. Totals 32.
Assists – Weir: B. Aperfine 3; Maley 2; Mikula 1. Totals 6; Buckhannon-Upshur: Maxwell 3; McDaniels 2; Samargo 2; Kelley 2; Currence 1; Wilfong 1; Reynolds 1. Totals 12.
Steals – Weir: B. Aperfine 8; Nutter 1. Totals 9; Buckhannon-Upshur: McDaniels 2; Wilfong 2; Samargo 1; Maxwell 1; Currence 1; Reynolds 1; Kelley 1; Moore 1. Totals 10.
Blocked shots – Weir: None; Buckhannon-Upshur: Currence 1; Wilfong 1. Totals 2.
Turnovers – Weir: 20; Buckhannon-Upshur: 16.
Personal fouls – Weir: 21; Buckhannon-Upshur 15.